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Modi Govt Approves Diwali Bonus

The Narendra Modi govt grants bonuses to Group C & non-gazetted Group B officials ahead of Diwali, with eligibility criteria and expenditure details.

Modi Govt announces bonus ahead Central Govt Employees Eligible for ₹7,000 Bonus with Specific Conditions


Modi Govt has given its approval for granting bonuses to Group C and non-gazetted Group B rank officials, including paramilitary forces, in anticipation of Diwali. The Finance Ministry has set a limit of ₹7,000 for calculating non-productivity linked bonuses (ad hoc bonuses) for central government employees for the year 2022-23.

According to an official memorandum from the Department of Expenditure under the Finance Ministry, non-productivity linked bonuses (ad hoc bonuses) equivalent to 30 days’ pay for the accounting year 2022-23 have been extended to central government employees in Group ‘C’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’ who are not covered by any productivity-linked bonus scheme.

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The government has specified certain conditions for the distribution of this bonus:

1) Only employees who were in service as of March 31, 2023, and have completed at least six months of continuous service during the year 2022-23 will be eligible for this bonus. Pro-rata payment will be provided to eligible employees based on their length of service, rounded off to the nearest number of months.

2) The amount of the Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be determined based on either the average emoluments or the calculation ceiling, whichever is lower. To calculate the bonus for one day, the average annual emoluments will be divided by 30.4 (the average number of days in a month) and then multiplied by the number of bonus days granted.

3) Casual labourers who have worked in offices for at least 240 days per year for three years or more (or 206 days per year for three years or more in offices with a 5-day workweek) will be eligible for this bonus. The bonus amount for such labourers will be based on a fixed calculation.

4) All payments made under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

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5) The expenditure for this bonus will be allocated to the respective object head in line with the Department of Expenditure’s notification dated December 16, 2022.

6) The government has stated that the expenses for this ad-hoc bonus will be met from the allocated budget provisions of the relevant ministries and departments for the current year.

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